And here we go.
It's the most exciting 6-week ride in all of high school sports – the UIL football playoffs.
We will be looking at the Class 6A brackets in H-Town.
CAN ANYONE MAKE A RUN IN DI, REGION II?
Cypress Ranch faces Stony Point; Klein Oak opens with Aldine MacArthur; Cypress Woods faces Cedar Ridge and Spring hosts The Woodlands.
Can any of these teams make a run to the Regional Semis? Not likely. No. 11 Klein Oak is VYPE's top-ranked team in this side of the bracket. Oak should get by MacArthur but that could be a wrap.
No. 17 Cypress Woods should get by Cedar Ridge, but then would face the winner of The Woodlands and No. 20 Spring. That game is up for grabs, but VYPE is going with the Lions. Cypress Ranch should get by Stony Point, but have been very inconsistent this year.
No one gets past the third round from the city.
THE REGION (III) OF DOOM
The "Region of Doom" is Region III. No. 3 Cy-Fair should face No. 1 Katy in the second round, while No. 2 North Shore will likely get Pearland Dawson in Round 2. In the bottom part of the bracket, No. 4 Atascocita will face No. 5 Dickinson in the second round – the winner will play No. 7 Tompkins in Round 3.
Prediction? North Shore will face Atascocita again in the Regional Finals.
TOMBALL MEMORIAL COULD SHOCK DII, REGION II
Going to the DII level, it's somewhat wide open. Bridgeland will play in its first-ever playoff game and will need a huge effort to get by Vandegrift.
No. 10 Klein Collins won their district again and faces Dekaney in Round I. They should be on to Round II to face an undefeated Vandegrift. That could be the end of the line. No. 6 Westfield will have its hands full against Klein Cain, but will get by to play No. 14 Tomball Memorial. Tomball Memorial is built for a playoff run with a good running attack and solid defense. They will get the farthest in this region by a Houston-area team.
IT'S A WIDE-OPEN DII, REGION III
This bracket is a mystery. Cypress Creek will likely beat Westside to face Mayde Creek. West Brook and Strake Jesuit will match-up in the second round. Memorial will use a ground attack to get by the Heights, while Katy Taylor should push around Elkins. Humble will be dangerous and get by CE King, while George Ranch will wrap up Clear Falls' high-powered offense.
So, who are the favorites to get out of the Region? Strake Jesuit and Humble are our best guess.
Dallas has owned us.
When it comes to boys' basketball, the Metroplex has stood at the top of the mountain each of the last five seasons outside of 2016 when Cypress Falls took the 6A crown.
Last year, the Dallas-area took home the 6A (Duncanville), 5A (Mansfield Timberview), 4A (Oak Cliff) and 3A (Dallas Madison) boys basketball state titles.
The last time Houston brought home two boys hoops state championships in the same season was in 2014 when North Shore took the 6A crown and Jack Yates captured the 4A title.
Could 2020 be a repeat?
Morton Ranch looks the part as the best 6A squad in Houston, anchored by Baylor-commit LJ Cryer and TCU-commit Eddie Lampkin. Yates is loaded with talent, making them a viable threat in Class 4A.
So, can the city reclaim its tag of Hoopston? Check out VYPE's Preseason Public School Top 20 below.
VYPE's PRESEASON PUBLIC SCHOOL TOP 20
1. Jack Yates
2. Morton Ranch
4. Summer Creek
5. Shadow Creek
7. Sam Houston
8. FB Hightower
9. Mayde Creek
10. Cypress Creek
11. Klein Forest
12. FB Travis
15. FB Bush
17. Langham Creek
19. Clear Lake
Others to Watch: Foster, La Marque, Cy Springs, Westfield, Elkins, North Shore, Pearland Dawson, Strake Jesuit, Wheatley, Cinco Ranch, Northside and Bridgeland
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